Djokovic dominates in record-setting Miami title win

Unstoppable Novak Djokovic won a record 28th Masters 1000 title on Sunday as the Serbian defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3 to earn a sixth trophy in Miami.

Victory by the runaway world number one gives the 28-year-old the all-time lead in Masters titles, surpassing Rafael Nadal's 27.

Djokovic pulled alongside Andre Agassi on a best-ever six Miami trophies and also went past Roger Federer in the total career prize money race. His Miami cheque in excess of 1 million dollars runs his total to a staggering 98.2 million dollars - not counting many multiples of that figure in endorsements.

Djokovic earned his 16th straight Miami match win and has triumphed in 30 of his last 31 encounters at the venue.

"It's been an amazing hardcourt season, winning Indian Wells and Miami," Djokovic said of his Masters title double over the past month. "Miami was where it all started for me wen I won my first big title.

"I get goosebumps thinking of those memories. This event has set the stage for everything that came after," said the winner of his fourth title of the season and 63rd overall.

"I played two of the matches of the season so far in these two Masters finals (Indian Wells and Miami). I take that as a positive."

The top seed improved to 28-1 on the season after playing his seventh Miami final and is the first player to win three straight Miami titles since Agassi 2001-2003.

Djokovic has reached the final in the last 11 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments he has played as he continues to dominate the ATP season with the clay campaign starting in a week in Monte Carlo.                        Djokovic made a quick escape from an early lead by Japan's sixth seed Nishikori, with the Serbian losing his opening serve but breaking straight back.

Djokovic came out on top of a run of three consecutive breaks from the sixth through eighth games for a 5-3 lead and closed out the set 6-3 after 38 minutes.

In the second, the top seed started with a break and assumed ever more of an advantage in the rout as Nishikori was treated on the sidelines after the seventh game for a left knee problem.

Nishikori began to fall victim to more errors as his unforced count mounted to 30. He handed over a match point in the ninth game with back-to-back double-faults, but saved the initial match-winner.

But Djokovic took the victory after less than 90 minutes on his third chance following a pair of Nishikori forehand miscues.

"It was tough in the first set, I had to break back after losing serve early, I had to come back with an answer quickly," Djokovic said.

"My first serve percentage improved. In the second set he felt something with his leg.

"I just wanted to get it all done, I really wanted to finish off the match when the opportunities were presented." 

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